Ongoing Events & Groups
The Dharma Center offers practice programs and kalyana mitta (spiritual friends) groups that are open to those with particular affinities, such as specific age groups or identities.
The following programs are offered on the basis of dana, a practice of mutual generosity that has been alive since the time of the Buddha.
There is no fee for participating in these programs. (There are, however, fees for daylong retreats and classes—as well as ample scholarships.) We invite our practitioners to offer a donation in the baskets by the door to the meditation hall. You may also use our online donation system.
“We pay attention with respect and interest, so we may understand what is true. And seeing what is true, the heart becomes free.”
Regular Weekly and Monthly Groups
Monday Evening Sitting Meditation & Dharma Talk >>
Our Monday night sit is the Dharma Center’s most popular offering. After a short period of announcements, there is a 35-minute sitting meditation, followed by a dharma talk offered by a member of our Dharma Council or a guest speaker. Time: Every Monday, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday Evening Sitting Meditation & Short Reading >>
Our Thursday night sit includes a 45-minute sitting meditation and, occasionally, a reading offered by a senior student. This program is typically quieter than the Monday night sit. Time: Every Thursday, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Sati Sundays >>
Sati is the word for mindfulness in Pali, the language of the Buddha. This Sunday morning program includes a 45-minute sitting meditation, readings on Buddhist topics, and discussion. Katherine Barr, one of our community dharma elders, facilitates our Sati Sundays. She can be reached at or 970-769-3417 for any questions. Time: Second and Fourth Sundays, 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. (Occasionally daylong or weekend retreats are held on Sundays instead of this offering. Please double-check our calendar.)
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People of Color Sangha >>
The People of Color Sangha is a group at the Dharma Center that welcomes anyone identifying as a person of color to gather together in sangha. Sangha is the ancient Pali word for community — community connected by a shared intention to explore and deepen in the Buddhist-based practices of mindfulness, wisdom, and compassion. By practicing together and honoring our shared experience in a safe and welcoming space, we have the opportunity to cultivate this spiritual path and explore how these powerful teachings of the heart relate to our everyday lives and lived experience. This group’s meetings include a meditation and dharma discussion facilitated by Yong Oh. Our group is currently not meeting until further notice. Thank you.
Extended Practice >>
This program is designed for meditators who wish to practice in longer periods of silence. This small group does a sitting meditation for 45 minutes, walking meditation for 20 minutes, and sitting meditation for another 45 minutes. Time: First, Third and Fifth Sundays, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. and third Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. This group is currently not meeting during the pandemic. Thank you.
Spiritual Friends (Kalyana Mitta) Groups
The Buddha greatly emphasized the importance of spiritual friendship in supporting our spiritual development. In spiritual friends (kalyana mitta) groups, practitioners come together to study a particular topic or in support and friendship around common life experiences such as age groups or other identities. The groups offer a beautiful opportunity to practice more deeply together. The Dharma Center’s kalyana mitta groups are typically led by peer facilitators, and facilitators are mentored by a member of the Dharma Council.
Recovery & Mindfulness Group
This group includes people who want to be free from addiction as well as those who relate to people who face addiction issues. During our time together, we explore how the path of recovery joins with the practice of mindfulness, viewed through the lens of our current experience and the actual practice of meditation.
Most of our members belong to other recovery groups such as AA, Al-Anon, Young People in Recovery, and Mindfulness in Recovery, for example. While these other groups may encourage discussion about our stories and past experiences in some detail, our group emphasizes current experience and insight. We, as a group, try to practice humility in the sense that we don’t have a solution to every challenge. We are here to share what works for us in our own personal journeys.
While we are meeting in the Zoom format, we welcome you to ask for a post-meeting connection in the chat box if that would feel supportive to you. You can reach out privately to individual members, or to the group as a whole. We’re in this together.
The Mindfulness and Recovery group meetings will be on hold from now throughout the summer with plans to resume in hybrid format this fall.
Senior Generation Group (Sen Gen)
The Sen Gen group is open to all spiritual friends ages 60 years or older with an interest in learning and contributing to discussions about the “three heavenly messengers” of aging, illness, and death. Topics range from aging well to passing on legacies and planning for death with worst- and best-case scenarios. The safety and security of the group allows practitioners to contemplate these and other topics with clarity and depth. The group uses discussion, working in dyads/triads, and journaling. A dozen facilitators take turns organizing and moderating the sessions, and the group is mentored by Katherine Barr. For more information or to join the Sen Gen email list, please contact Myah Lee at . Time: Second and Fourth Tuesdays of the month, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. There are no meetings in August.
Middle Generation Group (Mid Gen)
Our Mid Gen group is open to anyone who identifies as being “midlife,” regardless of specific age. (If you feel too old for Next Gen and too young for Sen Gen, Mid Gen is for you!) This group practices a brief sitting meditation followed by explorations of spiritual practice and navigating this unique stage of life. Each meeting begins with a different topic or theme. For more information or to join the Mid Gen email list, please contact . Time: Third Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. During the pandemic, this group is currently on pause.
Next Generation Mindfulness Group (Next Gen)
Next Gen is a group for people in their 20s and 30s. These hour-long meetings include a short sitting meditation, reflection, and sharing. The group often goes out to a local restaurant afterwards to continue our conversations. All young (ish) people are welcome! For more information or to join the Next Gen email list, please contact Liz Cosgrove at . Time: Second Thursday of each month, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. During the pandemic, this group is currently on pause.